I have been back in the Christmas stocking business again, since there are two wonderful new cats in my extended family. Although my brother Dave and his wife Wendy (along with me and many others) mourned the loss of the sweet Bozo this year, a new cat came into their household, the charming Griswold, known to his friends as Grizz or Grizzly. Here’s his stocking:
And here he is with his stocking.
And my son Patrick and his girlfriend Shannon also welcomed a new cat into their family. He’s the enigmatic Archie, who previously did not have a warm home to call his own. Gotta have a stocking so that the Santas who take care of these kitties will know where to put the goodies.
And I cannot resist showing Archie with his stocking as well.
Since I am still asked how this lettering is done (and it’s not my machine that does it), here is a look at how the process starts. I have a ball choosing weird fonts from Free Fonts, and use a light box to transfer the letters to my fabric. For the embroidery, I first do some padding stitches running in the opposite direction of the eventual lettering stitches, then satin stitch once, and re-stitch to fill in any empty spaces. Sometimes I add an outline stitch around each letter for emphasis.